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Breaking News: Toronto Hotel Workers to Strike?

Hotels — By cwood on June 9, 2010 at 3:30 am

Attention, Toronto travellers!  The Globe & Mail has announced that Local 75, the union that supports more than 5500 workers in the Toronto hotel industry, have voted 94% in favour of a strike if negotiations break down over issues of job security (possibly in conjunction with the G20 summit that hits town in a few weeks.)  The earliest date that workers could go on strike is June 23.

What does this mean for you, the NileGuide-ite with tickets to Toronto?  Although it’s too soon to tell the outcome, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on your hotel reservation.  Call the hotel or visit their web site for updates, and ask about their cancellation/rain check policies.

Should you re-book your trip?  Not necessarily.  If hotels aren’t available, there are plenty of bed-and-breakfast, hostel and home-share options available.  (Though they’re likely to go fast.)

There is also the option of staying slightly outside Toronto.  Mississauga is an independent city annexed to Toronto whose hotel workers will not be affected by the strike.  Consider staying in Mississauga and travelling into downtown T.O. on the GO Train, as it’s only about 30 minutes away.

Or rent a car and see a few sites outside the GTA!  Maybe it’s finally time to take that trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratford or Muskoka you’ve been dreaming about?

For updated strike information as it comes in, check the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, CBC or this very page!

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    1 Comment

  • Susan Wise says:

    This is a great update, and excellent advice for people traveling to Toronto; good to know that there is no need to re-book!

    -Susan

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